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5 Best Serums for Oily Skin

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Oily skin needs hydration just like every other skin type. Hydration is the key to healthy, vibrant skin. Oily skin (seborrhea) is a common cosmetic problem that occurs when oversized sebaceous glands produce excessive amounts of sebum giving the appearance of shiny and greasy skin (karger.com). Many people with oily skin make the mistake of starving their skin of moisture as they believe it will reduce the oil production, however this provides opposite results. The skin can be oily and dehydrated at the same time. This makes it produce more sebum than it should as it is trying to compensate for the lack of moisture. Moisturisers are essential to maintain healthy skin but so are serums.

What are serums?

A serum is a skin care product that you apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturising with the intent to deliver a potent shot of ingredients directly into your skin. (The Independent)

What do they do?

Unlike a moisturiser, serums have a lipid-soluble base which allows the active ingredients to penetrate the epidermis instead of lying on the surface. This way, they can offer highly-concentrated doses directly to your skin which makes them great for targeting specific concerns like wrinkles, brightness, acne or hydration. (The Independent)

1. Purito Centella Unscented Serum

Contains 49% Centella Extract, which promotes the synthesis of collagen, and Niacinamide to help brighten and soothe skin, this serum is great for those wanting to repair damaged skin. This serum is also infused with Ceramide, Sodium Hyaluronate, and Peptide ingredients to further strengthen the skin’s barrier.

2. Face Theory Regenacalm Serum S1 Pro

Formulated with 3% encapsulated retinoid to target fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

3. Face Theory Porebright N10 Serum

A light serum formulated with 10% niacinamide and azelaic acid to even out skin tone and reduce pigmentation, redness, and facial photoageing.

4. Glossier Super Pure Serum

Oil-free, lightweight water-gel formula formulated with an optimal 5% Niacinamide to balance the complexion in around four weeks, without irritating sensitive skin.

5. Q+A Skincare Zinc PCA Serum

This serum contains a unique blend of Zinc PCA, Reishi & Shiitake Mushrooms. These actives are designed to help minimise pore size and the appearance of blemishes without drying out your skin.

What are your favourite serums for oily skin?

Vernita x

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